February 16th is National Almond Day, so we thought we’d take this week and explore a little more about this amazing nut. Almonds are extremely versatile. They can be roasted, pureed, chopped, and milked. They can be made into flour. So many uses.

I make my own almond butter and I like to put almonds in my nut mix. I’ve tried milking them, but it turns out it’s just a few cents cheaper to buy the pre-made milk.

Almonds and dates go very well together. Here’s a recipe for an energy ball/bar that includes these amazing tree nuts.

Date Energy Balls with Almonds
This yummy recipe was created for www,KitchenShaman.com and is shared here with permission.
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  1. ½ cup pitted dates
  2. ¼ cup roasted pumpkin seeds
  3. 1 cup roasted almonds
  4. 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  5. ¼ tsp cardamom
  6. ¼ tsp cinnamon
  7. ¼ tsp jalapeno powder (optional)
  8. 1 tbsp agave syrup or maple syrup
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a food processor until it’s a big sticky mess. Roll into 1 ounce balls. They can also be shaped into bars
  2. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Overnight is better. Store in the refrigerator (if they last that long).
  3. Enjoy when you need a quick pick me up.
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